Monthly Archives: December 2012

December 2012

This quarter’s ThunderProfile is Daniel Gutierrez, Executive Director of Human Resources. Meet Dan at the next Tea and Quackers event, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 4 in Crockett Hall, Room 110.

What’s your current position at Richland?
Executive Director of Human Resources and Professional Development

Former positions in the District?
This is my first position with the District. I was previously with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Seattle Community College District.

Favorite Richland memory?
Flash Mob Dance

Interesting fact about you?
I grew up in the home where Billy the Kid once hid in the chimney while on the run from Pat Garrett in La Luz, New Mexico.

Farthest point traveled?
Madrid, Spain

Any hobbies?
Singing, Pottery

If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?
Anderson Cooper

Greatest mentor/support in your job at Richland?
Ron Clark

Last book read?
The Oz Principle

If you could be a superhero who would you be, and why?
Batman, cool car, disguise, and I like that he is always doing good for others.

Last movie seen?
Hotel Transylvania

Favorite Smell?
Pumpkin Pie Cooking

Richland College professor’s ‘Simpsons’ book examines satire and American culture

Some might be surprised by the focus of Richland College Professor Matthew Henry’s scholarly work on American culture – the animated show “The Simpsons.”

Artwork created by Richland College employee, Jennifer Curtiss

Artwork created by Richland College employee, Jennifer Curtiss

While the show featuring Bart Simpson and his dysfunctional-but-funny family may not seem an obvious choice for academic examination, Dr. Henry says it’s a mistake to underestimate the significance the show’s satirical commentary on social issues.

“There is this level of wit, political awareness and satire on ‘The Simpsons,’” says Dr. Henry, who teaches courses at Richland College in composition, literature and cultural studies. “There’s a snobbery against television studies in the academic community. It’s still considered a lowbrow art form unlike film studies. Whether it’s film, graphic novels, advertisements or TV shows, my approach to all these art forms is they carry meaning and significance. They carry beliefs and ideologies that circulate in the culture.”

Dr. Henry’s new book, The Simpsons, Satire, and American Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), is the culmination of his studies on the show. Dr. Henry will be a featured guest on KERA 90.1 FM’s “Think” program on Nov. 15 to discuss the book and his insights into “The Simpsons” – America’s longest-running sitcom. The show began its 24th season in September on the Fox network.

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QEP Awareness Week a Success

Preceding Richland’s SACSCOC on-site visit, students, faculty and staff participated in a variety of fun activities centered around our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Learning to Learn – Developing Learning Power. Richland College’s QEP is designed to help students develop learning traits, techniques, and habits to Pursue, Organize and Persist (POP!). View the slide show below featuring photos from the various activities.

Actions to Cool Global Warming


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Upcoming Events

Tea & Quackers
3 p.m., Dec. 4
Crockett Hall, Room 110

Annual PSSA Winter Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec.7
Small Gym

Winter Break, campus closed
Dec. 22-Jan. 1

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Outstanding Employee of the Month

November 2012


Donte Hoover
Facilities Services

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Donte:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for November 2012. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you have provided Richland College.

Donte, since being employed by Richland in 2001, you have been consistent in developing your knowledge and skills through the years. The past eleven years have seen you advance from Facilities Maintenance Assistant to your current position as an Apprentice Electrician and working on your journeyman’s license.

New Employees

Dorrice Baker
Title: Location Imaging Assistant
Department: Human Resources and Professional Development

William Foy
Title: College Director, Athletics Program
Department: Physical Education

Shane Grant
Title: Academic Advisor II
Department: Enrollment

Leticia Holland
Title: Human Resources Specialist IV
Department: Human Resources and Professional Development

Manavpreet Kaur
Title: Instructional Support Associate
Department: World Languages, Cultures and Communications

Marco Martinez
Title: Department Assistant IV
Department: ACCESS

Barry Orton
Title: Sergeant, College Police
Department: College Police

Melvin Pope
Title: Program Services Coordinator
Department: Upward Bound

Edna Rawson
Title: Department Assistant III
Department: Enrollment

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Bobbie Harrison, Michael Crawford, Diane Hilbert, Robert Galindo, Marcy Palmer, Roy Cirigliana, Tim Jones, Anna Fritzel-Shows, Jennifer Owen, Nick McMinn and the Theater Department; Whitney Rosenbalm, Anitra Cotton, Mark Murray and the College Communications and Marketing department; Ryder Richards, Michael Mazurek, David Namaksy, Lennijo Henderson and the Richland Library, and Ben Breard, owner and director of the Afterimage Gallery
From: Wayne Loucas, Humanities

I wanted to take a moment to thank the following individuals and departments for their participation in the recent special event: Photographer Mitch Dobrowner at Richland College. Thank you for your commitment to the success of this student-centered presentation.

From Mitch Dobrowner: “Thank you for all your hospitality…. and for making the experience of speaking at Richland College a memorable one. I truly enjoyed myself. You are very special people.”

To: Soheila Noori, Claudine Niyinkiza, Hareem Saima, Latasha Bankas, Tulsi Majhi, Haroun Khattab, Pedro Gaete, Mohammed Amin Sikder, Julia Martinez, Chloe Nguyen, Susan Wehe, Susan Mathews, Thuy Anh Nguyen, Maria Solis Houg, John Drezek, Minh Truong, Que Nguyen, Lennijo Henderson, and Jeremy Haldeman
From: Diana Urrutia and Susan Barkley, World Languages, Cultures and Communications

My sincerest thanks to each of you for your assistance with Maurice Poublan’s memorial service reception. You made the event a special day for all guests, staff, and faculty.


Dear Ms. Jean Carter,

Thank you so much for attending L. L. Hotchkiss Elementary school PTO meeting on October 23rd. Our parents were very enthusiastic to hear about the possible college options for their future college students and even for themselves.

The information materials you shared are very valuable resources for our parents and students. This enables them to explore options, gather information and eventually to make right decisions about higher education.

Once again thank you so much for taking the time to be a guest speaker on to share your expertise with our parents.

Please come back and visit us again in the future.

Yours Sincerely,
P. Janet Perera, Counselor
L. L. Hotchkiss Elementary

*If you would like for a letter of thanks to a fellow T-duck to appear here, please use this convenient online form. Letters from outside Richland may be e-mailed to or hard copies may be forwarded to the College Communications and Marketing office. Thanks!


Congratulations to Rebecca and Jack Fletcher (School of Learning Enrichment & Academic Development) on the birth of our latest little Thunderduck, Ethan Byron Fletcher. Ethan was born at 10:45 a.m., Wed., Oct.17, weighing 8 lbs, 8 oz. at 22 1/2″ long.


Developmental math professor, Eleanor Browne’s (School of Learning Enrichment & Academic Development) mother, Mrs. Velma Joseph, passed away recently after a brief illness. A viewing was held Oct. 28 at the Williams Funeral Home in Garland. Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Hamilton Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.

Sharon Wright’s (College Communications and Marketing) youngest son, Dominique Wright, was killed in a car accident in late October. Funeral services were held Sat., Nov. 3 at Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in Garland. Dominique was a former Facilities employee and a graduate of the Richland College Garland Campus.

Sarah Gardenhire’s (Administration) mother, Betty Sullivan, passed away recently. A graveside service was held Sat., Nov. 24, 2012 at the Lakeview Memorial Park in Waxahachie.